Question of the Week: August 4, 2015



QOW for FI

Do you know your Baptism day?

Many of us have no memory of the celebration of this Sacrament, and it is obvious why, if we were baptized soon after birth. I have asked this question two or three times already, here, in this square: who among you knows the date of your Baptism, raise your hands. It is important to know the day on which I was immersed in that current of Jesus’ salvation. And I will allow myself to give you some advice… but, more than advice, a task for today. Today, at home, go look, ask about the date of your Baptism and that way you will keep in mind that most beautiful day of Baptism. To know the date of our Baptism is to know a blessed day. The danger of not knowing is that we can lose awareness of what the Lord has done in us, the memory of the gift we have received. –Pope Francis, General Audience 01/08/2014

My son’s middle-school religion teacher asks each student to find out his or her Baptism day; she marks these on a classroom calendar and brings donuts for the class each time a student’s Baptism day rolls around. It made an impression.

Find your Certificate of Baptism and mark the date on your calendar–and do the same for the rest of your family. Then plan to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in the Faith.

Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS. All rights reserved.

Do you know your Baptism day? Do you celebrate this with your family?

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. Michelle Moshier on

    My daughter was baptized on the feast day of the holy family. Every year on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s we take a photo with her in front on the nativity at church. I cherish these photos. She looks forward to to it every year. She’ll be 15 this year.

  2. I do not know my own Baptismal day, but I do know my children’s. We, however, have never celebrated their baptism in any way. May be I could reconsider – in light of the Holy Father’s words and your son’s teacher’s idea. Buying donuts is easy enough and a real treat for the kids. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. I can answer this question , thanks too my mother who wrote the first3 years of my life in a baby book what a priceless book I have from her.
    March 4,1961
    she even wrote down the name of the Priest .
    I was born on February 13,1961
    My parents made sure that was the first thing on there list as soon as I arrive In to this world.
    Thank you for posting this Barb,
    .I love what Pope Francis wrote about this day . Know that I have look it up I will celebrate this day and keep it close to my heart 🙂
    Yes, Pope Francis I known the day I off my Baptism 🙂

  4. Going through my husband’s baby book, we were delighted to find that he was baptized on my birthday 🙂
    Our lives have many other similar coincidences that tie our lives before we met to one another. God is Good 🙂

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